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Fight Club [Paperback]

Chuck Palahniuk
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Sept. 27 2005

Chuck Palahniuk's outrageous and startling debut novel that exploded American literature and spawned a movement.

THE FIRST RULE about fight club is you don't talk about fight club.

Every weekend, in the basements and parking lots of bars across the country, young men with whitecollar jobs and failed lives take off their shoes and shirts and fight each other barehanded just as long as they have to. Then they go back to those jobs with blackened eyes and loosened teeth and the sense that they can handle anything. Fight club is the invention of Tyler Durden, projectionist, waiter, and dark, anarchic genius, and it's only the beginning of his plans for violent revenge on an empty consumer-culture world.

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The only person who gets called Ballardesque more often than Chuck Palahniuk is, well... J.G. Ballard. So, does Portland, Oregon's "torchbearer for the nihilistic generation" deserve that kind of treatment? Yes and no. There is a resemblance between Fight Club and works such as Crash and Cocaine Nights in that both see the innocuous mundanities of everyday life as nothing more than the severely loosened cap on a seething underworld cauldron of unchecked impulse and social atrocity. Welcome to the present-day U.S. of A. As Ballard's characters get their jollies from staging automobile accidents, Palahniuk's yuppies unwind from a day at the office by organizing bloodsport rings and selling soap to fund anarchist overthrows. Let's just say that neither of these guys are going to be called in to do a Full House script rewrite any time soon.

But while the ingredients are the same, Ballard and Palahniuk bake at completely different temperatures. Unlike his British counterpart, who tends to cast his American protagonists in a chilly light, holding them close enough to dissect but far enough away to eliminate any possibility of kinship, Palahniuk isn't happy unless he's first-person front and center, completely entangled in the whole sordid mess. An intensely psychological novel that never runs the risk of becoming clinical, Fight Club is about both the dangers of loyalty and the dreaded weight of leadership, the desire to band together and the compulsion to head for the hills. In short, it's about the pride and horror of being an American, rendered in lethally swift prose. Fight Club's protagonist might occasionally become foggy about who he truly is (you'll see what I mean), but one thing is for certain: you're not likely to forget the book's author. Never mind Ballardesque. Palahniukian here we come! --Bob Michaels --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Featuring soap made from human fat, waiters at high-class restaurants who do unmentionable things to soup and an underground organization dedicated to inflicting a violent anarchy upon the land, Palahniuk's apocalyptic first novel is clearly not for the faint of heart. The unnamed (and extremely unreliable) narrator, who makes his living investigating accidents for a car company in order to assess their liability, is combating insomnia and a general sense of anomie by attending a steady series of support-group meetings for the grievously ill, at one of which (testicular cancer) he meets a young woman named Marla. She and the narrator get into a love triangle of sorts with Tyler Durden, a mysterious and gleefully destructive young man with whom the narrator starts a fight club, a secret society that offers young professionals the chance to beat one another to a bloody pulp. Mayhem ensues, beginning with the narrator's condo exploding and culminating with a terrorist attack on the world's tallest building. Writing in an ironic deadpan and including something to offend everyone, Palahniuk is a risky writer who takes chances galore, especially with a particularly bizarre plot twist he throws in late in the book. Caustic, outrageous, bleakly funny, violent and always unsettling, Palahniuk's utterly original creation will make even the most jaded reader sit up and take notice. Movie rights to Fox 2000.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Très bien April 16 2013
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Exactement ce dont j'avais besoin à un bien meilleur prix que ce qui se trouve en général sur le net
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5.0 out of 5 stars Soap suds and more Feb. 7 2005
Fight Club was the first Chuck Palahniuk novel I read, and I have since become a die-hard fan of his works. I first saw the movie with my friend and fell in love with the story. She was the one who first recommended reading the novel, because according to her, the movie leaves out too many things, and you need to read the book to get the full impact of the story. She couldn't have been more right. I purchased the book and read non-stop for two days, then watched the movie again. It's truly captivating. The best thing, however, is not the story itself but the way in which Palahniuk presents the story. His writing style is one that is brilliant and unique. The characters he creates are intense, and you manage to find parts of yourself that relate the each of them, parts of yourself and your mind that you didn't even know existed. This book is amazing, as are all of Chuck Palahniuk's novels. Would also recommend the following books: Children's Corner by McCrae, Survivor, Plot Against America, and Bark of the Dogwood.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite book Dec 4 2013
By Shana
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This is my favourite story of all time. I've never heard a story anything that I relate to so much, which is hard to believe because it's an odd story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic! Oct. 11 2013
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Saw the movie before reading the book. Even though the motion picture was great (brilliant some would say), as usual the book is so much better. Deeper, more accurate depiction of Society, ... a Classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it May 27 2013
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One of the best books I've read in along time. I read it after the movie and only made me appreciate the movie that much more. Love this book and recommend for all fans of the movie. Great different surprise ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Purchase Dec 22 2012
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This is an absolutely amazing novel. It arrived in good time, in good condition, and was offered at a very good price. I would highly recommend this product, as well as other books by this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Uppercut Sept. 5 2012
By Capital
If you have ever felt that a book was written specifically for you and speaks to you on a level that is beyond comprehension you will understand how I feel about Fight Club. The unique qualities are endless. The imagination and details are absorbing. But some of the biggest delights I had with Fight Club came from the ever dark sense of humor... or maybe it was just my dark sense of humor. It is easy to see that this book isn’t for everyone. But like it or not this book has and will continue to ingrain itself in pop culture. It is so easy to sit back and marvel at the genius of Palanhiuk in this book. He exposes points that are not easily talked about and feelings that are not easily explained. If you feel like your life needs a violent shake up I would approach this book with caution. The most sobering thing about this book is that even the exaggerations seem logical. People may describe Fight Club as over the top but it needs to be. In a society where what it means to be a man is in need of a punch Fight Club is an uppercut. Check out my first published work Defenseless
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4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfied Customer. Jan. 25 2012
I ordered a USED copy of Palahniuk's Fight Club, it was shipped promptly, arrived in good condition. I was not disappointed. I will order from Alpha Textbooks INC. again in the future.
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There's not much I can say about FIGHT CLUB that hasn't been said already (besides I'm not supposed to talk about it -first rule of FC and all) It's one of those books on... Read more
Published on Oct. 1 2011 by Buggy
3.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight Literature
I haven't seen the movie so all that I can comment on is the book. I was expecting a screed against consumerism and instead I got a mediocre psychological thriller. Read more
Published on Aug. 13 2011 by Daffy Bibliophile
5.0 out of 5 stars Handle Like Hendix reviews Fight Club
I think this post will just be a review of endless gushing. I read this book after growing helplessly attached to the movie. Edward Norton. Everything, it was just so different. Read more
Published on Nov. 23 2010 by C. Dey
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for young men
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Clearly, this book speaks to young men because of it's excessive use of violence and Tyler's 'devil may... Read more
Published on Jan. 9 2010 by S. Mason
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A psychological thriller with overt critique on consumerism and wasteful spending, as well as the meaning of being a man in a "generation of men raised by women". Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2009 by ninefly
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this is an amazing book. if you've seen the movie there won't be any surprises, but the book goes more in depth into the concepts and such so the reader can get a firmer grasp on... Read more
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